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PPE now VAT free

The government has said that from May 1st, personal protective equipment (PPE) bought by care homes, businesses, charities and people to protect against coronavirus (COVID-19) will be free from VAT for a three-month period

The government project that this will save care homes and businesses more than £100 million as they deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Ministers previously had removed import duties from PPE to ensure more essential equipment can get to the front line quicker.

Devon County Council (DCC) has created a specific page where you can find all the latest policy and guidance about personal protective equipment (PPE).

Staff working within local authority, education, community and social care settings should regularly visit this page to ensure that you remain up-to-date with the latest information about PPE in Devon.

Please note, if you wish to link to this guidance please use this URL: This is to ensure that you always point to the latest version – this includes DCC staff, to avoid the wrong URL being circulated.